Panther Mark Schwab will join his brother, Doug, on the UNI coaching
staff, serving as an assistant coach in 2010-11. Mark joins the Panthers
after head coaching stints at NIACC and Buena Vista University.
Buena Vista, Schwab was named Iowa Conference Coach of the Year in 2007
and coached the first four-time NCAA All-American in the 30-year
history of BVU wrestling in Jestin Hulegaard.
to BVU, Schwab spent nine years as assistant coach at the University of
Minnesota, helping the program to seven top-three team finishes at the
NCAA Championships and two NCAA team titles.
Schwab also served as an assistant coach at Purdue from 1991-93.
to his coaching experience, Schwab was an All-American on the mat for
the Panthers during the late 1980s. In his initial season as a Panther,
Schwab posted a 49-9 record, the most wins by a true freshman in NCAA
history, and placed fifth in the 1986 NCAA Division I Championships. In
1987, he won the bronze medal in what was called the World's Toughest
Tournament in Tiblissi, Russia. During his redshirt season at UNI,
Schwab trained for the 1988 U.S. Olympic team while also winning a
bronze medal for the U.S. team at the World Cup event in Ulan Bator,
Mongolia. A knee injury and a staph infection combined to keep Schwab
off the mat for more than a year, but Schwab finished his career with
the Panthers on a positive note as a senior, earning his second
a prep at Osage, Schwab was nearly flawless, winning 106 of 107 matches
and capturing four state titles. Schwab also earned three Junior
National Freestyle titles and a national championship in the Greco-Roman
category. Schwab was inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic
Association Hall of Fame, the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame and the Glen
Brand Hall of Fame.
earned his bachelor's degree in 1990 from the University of Northern
Iowa and his master's degree from the University of Minnesota in 2003.
Schwab spent the past year as a full-time student at the University of
Minnesota getting a second emphasis in sport psychology on his existing